Visit The Beautiful Mongolia
Ever had dreams of traveling to Mongolia? Before you actually book your flight and make your dream come true, you MUST consider these things beforehand. Mongolia is not for everyone, and is probably not suited for someone who just wants to go on a holiday.
Preparations When Traveling to Mongolia
Did you consult a tour agency before you actually booked your trip? Do you know the details as to when you are going to land and do you have a plan for where you want to go? If you don’t have a good plan, you won’t enjoy it as much.
Do you know the best seasons to travel to Mongolia? In short, make sure to visit during early June and warmer months because the winters are brutal in Mongolia and the spring/fall are windy and not the most pleasant. However flight tickets are probably cheaper and you will have less competition. However, summer is the best time to go.
If you plan on staying in Ulaanbaatar for a week or two, it’s not the best idea. There really isn’t much to do besides a few movie theatres, museums, and sightseeing here and there. 3-4 days is more than plenty to look around Ulaanbaatar. It’s a very small city that doesn’t have a lot to offer.
Packing The Right Clothes
Read the article on things to pack when traveling to Mongolia. You really need to pack for the 4 seasons if you plan on coming here. The weather is unpredictable and the temperatures can rise or fall drastically even during the summer months. Be wise and actually bring the essentials such as a rain coat, water boots, and any other gear for special occasions.
Understanding the Mongolian Culture
Mongolians can be one of the most hospitable and friendly people in the world. However, if you ever offend them, disrespect them, or talk badly about the culture, history, and Mongolian heritage, it won’t bode well for you.
Locals don’t act nice for the sake of acting nice. Political correctness is almost nonexistent and people tend to be more blunt with their words. Don’t take it the wrong way or be offended if someone points out things as is. It’s normal to most Mongolians and locals don’t hold back their opinions for the sake of appearing nice. If something is bothering them, they will say it. Trust, respect, and forwardness is important if you are to understand the Mongolian culture.
Can You Get By In English?
In the capital, you should be able to get by as some Mongolians will be able to speak basic English, however out in the countryside you will have a much harder time communicating with the people. It’s recommended to hire a local guide if you traveling independently, or just book a tour with a local agency who you will be able to communicate in your own language.
The Mongolian language is completely different from the rest of the world’s languages with its own grammar structure and unique pronunciations. If you know the Cyrillic alphabet and the basics of the language, it will be very useful and helpful as you navigate through the country.